Case Studies

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Founding Studies and General Medical Research

Structural Integration

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Dr. Ida Rolf, Rockefeller Institute, N.Y., 1918 – 1927. Reprinted with permission by the Rolf Institute.

Project Breakthrough

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Foundation For Brain Injured Children, N.Y.C. 1963
Reprinted with permission by the Rolf Institute.

Stress, Stimulus Intensity Control, and the Structural Integration Technique

Silverman, Rapport & Hopkins 1973

Effects of Soft Tissue Mobilization on Parasympathetic Tone in Two Age Groups

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J. Cottingham, M.S., S. Porges, Ph. D., and T.Lyon, M.D., Frances Nelson Health Center, Illinois, 1987,
(abstract: The Journal Of American Physical Therapy Assn., Vol. 68, No. 3, March 1988)
Reprinted with permission by senior author.

Shifts in Pelvic Inclination Angle and Parasympathetic Tone Produced by Rolfing Tissue Manipulation

Cottingham, The Journal of American Physical Therapy, Vol 68, No 9, September 1988
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Effects of Structural Integration On State-Trait Anxiety, Robert S. Weinberg and Valerie V. Hunt

UCLA, 1976, (abstract: Journal of Clinical Psychology, Vol. 35, No 2, USA, April 1979 )
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A Study of Structural Integration from Neuromuscular, Energy Field & Emotional

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Approaches, (abstract: Dr. Valerie Hunt and Wayne Massey, UCLA Dept. of Kinesiology,
1977) In a controlled study at the UCLA department of Kinesiology it was found that
the aim of Rolfing®, ” to create and maintain a more balanced energy system which
conserves energy rather than expends it”, was in fact achieved. They found that,

  1. Movements were smoother, larger and less constrained.
  2. There were less extraneous movements.
  3. Body movements were more dynamic and energetic
  4. Carriage was more erect and there was less obvious strain to maintain help positions.

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Electromyography Evaluation of Structural Integration Techniques

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Dr.’s Valerie Hunt and
Wayne Massey, UCLA, (abstract: Psychoenergetic Systems, Gordon & Breach Science
Pub., U.K. 1977)
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Children’s Project

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Robert Toperek, Philadelphia, PA, 1978
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Readings on the Scientific Basis of Body Work

James L. Oshman, Ph.D
The Connective Tissue and Myofascial Systems, 1993


Cerebral Palsy

Functional Evaluation of Rolfing® in Cerebral Palsy

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Perry, Jones & Thomas,
(abstract: Developmental Med. Child. Neurol. 1981,23)
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Children with Cerebral Palsy

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Cindy Potter, 1986
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Biomechanical Research

Biomechanical Structuring For Figure Skating, preliminary pilot study report for the U.S.
Figure Skating Association, Helan James, Katherine Robertson, and Neal Powers,
Olympic Training Center Camp, CO, 1988)

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Back, Neck, and Shoulder Pain

A Three-Paradigm Treatment Model Using Soft Tissue Mobilization and Guided Movement—Awareness Techniques for a Patient with Chronic Low Back Pain:

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John T. Cottingham, MS, PT Jeffrey Maitland, Ph.D.,

Journal of Sports Physical Therapy Volume 26, III, September 1997
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Repetitive Motion Injuries

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Siana Goodwin, on-site Rolfer® at Starkey Laboratories, the world’s third largest hearing aid manufacturer,
helped decrease their workmen’s compensation claims for carpal tunnel syndrome by 88%. Rolfing® has
proven to be highly effective in managing repetitive stress injuries, and reducing insurance costs.